<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usFri, 27 May 2016 11:23:19 -0700Fri, 27 May 2016 11:23:19 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Donald Trump Rallies in San Diego]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 11:05:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Trump-SD-Rally-10.jpg

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump will hold a rally in San Diego Friday and supporters, protesters and police are all expected at the high-profile event.

Trump is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. at the rally inside the San Diego Convention Center in downtown San Diego.

Officers with the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) and other law enforcement agencies began staging security preparations for the rally around 6 a.m.

Trump supporters, many decked out in Trump shirts and hats, began filing into the area early, securing their spots in line. Protesters, signs in hand, prepared early as well.

In light of violence earlier this week at Trump's rally in Anaheim, California, and in an effort to keep this rally peaceful, SDPD officials designated certain zones around the convention center as areas for Trump supporters and areas for protesters.

Some protesters told NBC 7 they were planning to demonstrate outside the designated zones. At least three separate groups planned to hold marches and protests against Trump near his rally venue, including one group planning to stage a peaceful protest at Fifth Avenue and Harbor Drive across the street from the convention center. That group said they wanted their voices heard but were not looking for a fight.

Earlier this week, SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman said “swift and decisive action” would be taken by police against anyone planning violence during Trump’s visit to San Diego.

“We are not going to tolerate violence or disobedience to the law during this event," said Zimmerman. "We will take swift and decisive action for anyone who causes an unsafe environment by engaging in illegal activity."

The police department reminded protesters that it’s illegal to block sidewalks or interfere with vehicular or pedestrian traffic along the busy streets near the convention center.

"We have designated free speech areas for those wishing to participate in peaceful demonstrations. These zones have been designated to allow the participants to have a reasonable opportunity to communicate their message in a peaceful way to the intended audience," Zimmerman said.

The chief said there would be uniformed and plainclothes officers out in full force at the rally.

As SDPD officers set up barricades in front of the convention center Friday morning, an enthusiastic crowd applauded the officers, one man chanting, “Blue lives matter!”

Many Trump supporters rolled out the welcome mat for the Republican, including Solana Beach congressional candidate Reagan Allvord who woke up very early to line up for the rally hours before Trump was set to speak.

“Americans need to stand up for America and I want to stand 24 hours – to do it prior to the Trump rally because that’s what it’s taking,” Allvord told NBC 7. “We want to make sure we don’t repeat the mistakes of the last two elections where Republicans stayed home and didn’t vote.”

Trump supporter Cynthia Bevins lined up for the rally with her young son. They both wore hats with the Trump slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

“We just need him for our country,” said Bevins.

Two 18-year-old supporters felt the same way about Trump.

“I like how he puts America first,” one of them told NBC 7.

A Trump supporter who was attacked by protesters in Costa Mesa, California, last month was one of the first supporters in line for the San Diego rally Friday, NBC's Jacob Racon reported.

Vendors lined up outside the convention center to sell merchandise to Trump supporters, too.

Meanwhile, those against Trump sang a very different tune.

“San Diego is not supporting a Trump presidency,” one Trump opponent told NBC 7. “The dangers of such a presidency, is really, to inflame racial issues across this country and [cause] havoc abroad.”

Just before 10 a.m., dozens of SDPD officers outfitted themselves with protective riot gear in anticipation of the crowds at the rally.

If Trump’s San Diego rally is anything like his rally in Anaheim, things could get tense. At the Anaheim rally, shouting matches and violent confrontations erupted between opponents and supporters. Several people were detained after police declared the event an unlawful assembly.

Zimmerman told news media there was “significant presence” of SDPD personnel, as well as crews from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD). She said officers had been in contact with groups protesting the event, and the groups planned to organize peacefully.

“That’s the emphasis,” Zimmerman added.

The chief said the SDPD was working closely with other state, local and federal agencies to protect public safety at the rally. She said SDPD officials had been monitoring previous Trump rallies in anticipation for Trump’s appearance in San Diego.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Rallies in San Diego]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 10:22:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Trump-SD-Rally-8.jpg Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump held a rally in downtown San Diego on May 27, 2016. Supporters, protesters and police gathered for the big event.

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<![CDATA[Sewage Spill Closes Campland Beach on Mission Bay]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 09:56:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mission-Bay-generic-2015.jpg

Sewage contamination warning signs have been posted along one shore of Mission Bay just before Memorial Day Weekend.

A blocked sewer line has spilled hundreds of gallons of sewage into a creek that empties into Mission Bay near Campland beach.

The spill was discovered at 7:43 pm on Thursday, according to the County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health (DEH). Water quality samples were being collected.

Roots blocked the sewer line, spilling an estimated 1,175 gallons of sewage near Bluffside Avenue and Bella Pacific Row.

Officials with the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department estimate 675 gallons were spilled into Rose Canyon Creek through a storm drain. That creek flows into Mission Bay near Campland beach.

Due to the amount of sewage spilled, county officials don’t expect other beaches on the bay to be impacted.

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<![CDATA[4S Ranch Fire Contained]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 07:54:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fire-Helicopter-Refuels-in-SD.jpg

Crews on Thursday evening had mopped up a fire that forced the evacuations of homes and nearby Oak Valley Middle School.

Homes in a one-block area along Palomino Valley Road and the middle school were evacuated after a vegetation fire broke out in the 4S Ranch area.

Students were taken by bus to the Westview High School gym, where parents were told to pick them up.

Crews contained the fire to 6 acres, fire officials said.

The fire, first reported at 3 p.m., was sending thick smoke above the area of 42 Ranch Parkway and Dove Creek Road, west of Interstate 15 and south of Camino Del Norte.

Fire officials said the fire had torched a riverbed behind homes on Palomino Valley Road and has a slow rate of spread.

No injuries have been reported and no home have been damaged.

Conditions were favorable to slow the rate of spread, NBC 7's Dagmar Midcap said. Humidity was at 50 percent, winds were in the single digits and temperatures were in the 70s.

A resident who lives in the area told NBC 7 that he managed to "go to my neighbors, turn their sprinklers on, keep our lawns totally wet. Make sure the fires didn't come up this way."

Fire investigators said the fire is believed to be accidental and was caused by a stray spark from a welding torch blowing into brush.

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<![CDATA[Abduction Suspect Dies in Shootout]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 06:36:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/0525-2016-SolanoMissing.jpg

The 19-year-old man suspected of abducting a teenage girl Wednesday in Northern California has died following a shootout, authorities said Thursday afternoon, but the girl remains missing.

The California Highway Patrol had issued an Amber Alert for 15-year-old Pearl Pinson, whom investigators believe was kidnapped at gunpoint about 7 a.m.Wednesday as she walked to a school bus stop on Taylor Avenue in Vallejo. Officials said the teen never arrived at school that day.

Authorities said the suspect, identified as Fernando Castro of Vallejo, was involved Thursday afternoon in a pursuit and shootout in Santa Barbara County, about 300 miles from the scene of the suspected abduction.

Castro was first spotted in San Luis Obispo County, where CHP officers pursued him into Santa Barbara County.

The Solano County Sheriff's Office late Thursday said investigators are searching area of Sir Frances Drake Boulevard near the San Rafael Bridge in Marin County after officials said Castro was seen on surveillance cameras in the area at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

A vigil for the missing teen was held Thursday night at 1001 Taylor Ave., in Vallejo. Family and friends prayed for Pearl's safe return.

"Pearl, you need to come home," said her sister, Rose Pinson. "Find a way. I know you can."

Sheriff's officials said they believe Pinson and Castro are acquaintances and the incident is not a stranger abduction, but that Pinson did not willingly go with Castro.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department said the suspect was first spotted Thursday heading southbound on Highway 101, just north of Los Alamos.

The suspect exited in Bulleton and was pursued by deputies through Solvang, where the pursuit ended after the suspect crashed in front of a mobile home park. The pursuit was followed by a shootout, which left the suspect dead, sheriff's officials said.

Video from the Santa Maria Times appears to show the shootout involving police and the suspect in Solvang.

Thursday's Amber Alert said Castro may be driving a gold 1997 Saturn with a California license plate of 5XZD385, the same car that was seen in Santa Barbara County Fire pictures of the pursuit.

The information on the shootout came after a search prompted by the sound of a gunshot and cries for help Wednesday morning.

The sheriff's office said they received reports Wednesday morning of shots fired near the Interstate Highway 780 pedestrian over-crossing in the area of Home Acres and Taylor avenues in Vallejo.

A witness reported seeing a man with a gun pulling a female, who was bleeding and yelling for help, on the over-crossing. The witness heard a gunshot while running for help, and responding deputies found blood on the ground, sheriff's officials said.

"I heard screaming, panicking screaming, and then after that, I heard two gunshots and the car went off really fast," said witness Leslie Caro.

The sheriff's office has not confirmed Pinson was shot or the extent of her injuries.

Pinson has green hair and was last seen wearing a gray sweater, black leggings and had a black and turquoise backpack.

The sheriff's office set up a tip line at 707-784-1963 but anyone with urgent information is asked to call 707-421-7090.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Solano County Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA['Death Fell From the Sky': Obama at Hiroshima]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 04:22:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16148362560935.jpg

Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the Hiroshima atomic bombing on Friday, using the moment to call for a world without nuclear weapons, NBC News reported.

Some 140,000 people were killed when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city on Aug. 6, 1945.

Obama spent a short time at the Hiroshima Peace Park Memorial Museum and then placed a wreath at the arched monument at the memorial park.

Obama reflected on the day "death fell from the sky and the world was changed," telling a gathering of survivors and officials that a "wall of fire destroyed a city and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself."

Obama did not apologize for the U.S. actions and instead paid tribute to "all the innocents killed across the arc of that terrible war," saying that "their souls speak to us" and "mere words cannot give voice to such suffering."

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<![CDATA[Memorial Day Observances Around San Diego]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 11:21:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDMemorialDay.jpg

San Diego will honor U.S. military heroes this weekend with a host of special remembrance ceremonies for fallen service members and veterans. Here's a guide to those events.

Veterans' Memorial Service at Miramar National Cemetery
The fifth annual memorial service for veterans will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Miramar National Cemetery. Major General Joseph M. Martin, Commanding General of Fort Irwin, will speak at the ceremony. He’s responsible for the Army’s National Training Center in the Mohave Desert. Poway native Ed Berger, a retired Navy Chief Warrant Officer, will join Martin at the podium. He is the 2015 San Diego Veteran of the Year, recognized for his 22 years of Navy service and community involvement.

The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
In a touching ceremony on Saturday, the Vietnam Veterans of San Diego will read the names of fallen soldiers from the Vietnam War at the Veterans Museum in Balboa Park. A candlelight vigil will honor the service members at 7:51 p.m.

On Sunday, the Veterans Village of San Diego will read the names of service members from San Diego County who served in the Vietnam War. There will be a wreath laying ceremony on Monday at 8 a.m., hosted by the Vietnamese Community of San Diego. Local guest speakers will give speeches to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers, and end with the Playing of Taps. The museum will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free to the general public on Memorial Day. 

Legacy Week at USS Midway
From Saturday through Monday, the USS Midway's Legacy Week sends appreciation to our military members with several events. On Saturday at 9 a.m., the Veterans' Wreath Remembrance Ceremony is open to the public with free admission. The ceremony honors WWII veterans with guest speakers, musical performances and a vintage aircraft display accompanied by pilots with firsthand expertise on the planes. The Kid's Adventure Zone offers family-friendly exhibits from aircraft restoration to using military equipment and other activities. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Band Arizona will perform on the flight deck. 

The 7th Annual American Freedom Festival is Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Featured performers include the World Classic Rockers band with former members of Journey, Boston and Santana. People can purchase tickets on eventbrite. The proceeds go to local San Diego military charities.

On Sunday and Monday, pilots will be stationed by each aircraft on the ship, ready to answer everyone’s questions about the planes they once flew.

On Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Band Arizona will perform at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There will also be a Blood Drive at 3 p.m., and participants will receive a free museum pass.

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
A ceremony will be held in tribute of fallen soldiers at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. The grave sites are open to visitors from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Memorial Day. 

Come at 10 a.m. to listen to Major General Daniel J. O’Donojue, a service member with 30 years of experience, speak at the event. Another time to visit is 3 p.m., when the national moment of remembrance takes place.

Memorial Day Ceremony at Mount Soledad
On Monday there's a Memorial Day Ceremony at Mount Soledad. A special plaque presentation honors the history of President Theodore Roosevelt and his contributions to the military. Captain Craig Clapperton, the Commanding Officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), is a keynote speaker who will give a speech in tribute of service members at 2 p.m.

American Legion San Dieguito Post 416
There's a special ceremony held by the American Legion San Dieguito Post 416 on Monday to honor service members running from 11 a.m to noon. Live music will play throughout the day at 210 W. F St. in Encinitas.

Nashville recording artist Amy Scruggs will sing the national anthem and perform. This event also features Cub Scout Troop 772 and other musicians from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Food and refreshments will be offered at an outside barbecue with burgers and brews.

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<![CDATA[Eater SD: Crack Shack to Expand]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 10:53:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/EaterSD-Crack-Shack.jpg

It’s a good time to eat in San Diego. This week, Eater San Diego shares the top stories from our local food and drink scene, including expansion news for Little Italy's The Crack Shack, plus exciting restaurant openings in Kensington, Carmel Valley and La Jolla.

The Crack Shack Hatches Second Location in Encinitas
Celebrity chef Richard Blais launched this fast-casual fried chicken concept in Little Italy next to Juniper & Ivy to rousing success. Now, word comes of a second Crack Shack location in the works for Encinitas that should open by the end of the year.

Cucina SORELLA Swings Open in Kensington
The Adams Avenue space that was once home to Kensington Grill and then Fish Public has reopened as cucina SORELLA, a new Italian-inspired offering from restaurateur Tracy Borkum that's a riff on her popular CUCINA urbana and enoteca concepts.

Carmel Valley's WESTROOT Tavern Offers Food, Drink & Entertainment
Now open in the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch complex from Verant Group (barleymash, Sandbar), WESTROOT features SoCal-influenced upscale bar food alongside a slew of beer taps, craft cocktails and entertainment that ranges from live music to DJs.

All-Outdoor Eatery Splashes Into La Jolla Shores
Shore Rider lands in the beach neighborhood just in time for summer. It’s an all-outdoor eatery that welcomes tourists and locals alike to its surf-inspired patio with an accessible menu of salads, tacos, sandwiches and more, plus craft beer.

Bankers Hill Gets a Beer Infusion From New Gastropub
Slotting into to the space vacated by French restaurant Hexagone in Bankers Hill is The Corner Drafthouse, which will open next month at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Laurel Street. The gastropub will feature a whopping 70 taps of craft beer and lunch, dinner and brunch menu centered on shareable plates utilizing seasonal ingredients.

Photo Credit: Lyudmila Zotova/Eater San Diego
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<![CDATA[WATCH LIVE: Coverage of Donald Trump Rally in San Diego]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 11:14:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/229*120/Trump-Aerials-Thumbnail.jpg

San Diego Police geared up Friday for protests at Donald Trump campaign events Friday, following similar events around the country that led to violence and arrests.

San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said her department prepared by speaking with police agencies in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Anaheim. Officers in uniforms and plain clothes will surround the San Diego event, she said.

"For anyone who comes to disrupt, to do illegal activities, we will take swift and decisive action to make sure we have a peaceful event," Zimmerman said.

<![CDATA[Hotel Purchased, Apartments Planned]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 10:33:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CBRE_Hotel_Metro_SD_t620.jpg

Fowler Property Acquisitions LLC of Newport Beach has acquired Hotel Metro, in downtown San Diego’s East Village, for $6.1 million. Plans call for redeveloping the property into market-rate studio apartments, according to brokerage firm CBRE Group Inc.

The seller of the building, at 434-435 Thirteenth St., was the San Diego Housing Commission, represented by CBRE’s Jim Neil, Eric Comer and Merrick Matricardi. The buyer represented itself.

Brokers said Fowler plans to reuse the existing building shell and will reconfigure interiors into market-rate apartments. “This was a complex adaptive re-use opportunity and entitlement challenge,” Neil said in a CBRE statement. “Hotel Metro was an opportunity to deliver a new residential development in a short time frame.”

Hotel Metro was formerly a 195-unit single-room-occupancy development for low-income residents, built in 1990 on land owned by the housing commission. It has been unoccupied since November 2015.

Commission officials said most of the formerly homeless and low-income San Diegans who lived at Hotel Metro were relocated into the nearby new 201-unit Alpha Square Apartments, a housing commission partnership development that opened in December.

The housing commission will use $3 million of the sale proceeds from Hotel Metro to provide funding for local programs geared to homeless veterans. Other funds will go toward other commission programs geared to affordable housing.

Photo Credit: Rendering courtesy of CBRE Group Inc.
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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Elder Abuse to Stand Trial]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 10:52:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sutton4.JPG

The caretaker for a 93-year-old woman charged with the attempted murder of her best friend has been ordered to stand trial after pleading not guilty last month.

Margaret Wood was visiting her best friend, Marian Kubic, at her house when Kubic’s caretaker, 66-year old William Sutton, allegedly threw Wood through a screen door.

Sutton was arrested on April 17 and charged with attempted murder and willful cruelty to an elderly adult. He pleaded not guilty and was released on bail on May 17.

If convicted on all counts, Sutton could face up to 14 years in prison.

The attack was caught on surveillance camera. Wood was thrown down three porch steps. She fell backwards onto the concrete and cracked her skull.

The family of the victim said that Wood's health was in serious decline in the weeks after the incident and that doctors told the family that Wood needed hospice care.

<![CDATA[Statue of Liberty Among Iconic Destinations at Risk From Climate Change: UN]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 11:16:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/LibertyStatue-AP_281452258317.jpg

Just as tourists are expected to flock to the Statue of Liberty over the Memorial Day weekend, a new report warns of the threat from climate change to the symbol of freedom and other landmarks across the world.

The report focuses on the risks to 31 World Heritage sites, such as rising seas, drought, wildfires, coastal erosion and other results of a changing climate. Among the sites at risk: Yellowstone National Park and Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, which are both facing more frequent and more severe wildfires.

"From Venice and its lagoon to the Galápagos Islands, some of the world’s most iconic World Heritage sites are vulnerable to climate change," cautions the report "World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate."

It was written by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO, the United Nations Environmental Program and the Union of Concerned Scientists, and covers 29 countries.

More than 1,000 properties have been designated World Heritage sites, many of them important tourism destinations, according to the report. Earlier studies evaluated the danger to other World Heritage sites.

The Statue of Liberty was closed to visitors after Hurricane Sandy flooded 75 percent of Liberty Island in October 2012, the report noted. It did not reopen until July 4, 2013. Nearby Ellis Island was also damaged — for a total of $77 million in costs at both sites — and Ellis Island remained shut until October of last year.

A later analysis by the U.S. Park Service found that the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were at high risk because of their vulnerability to storms. The report warned that "the intangible cost of future damage to this international symbol of freedom and democracy is incalculable."

Other places highlighted are among the world's most iconic places, such as Venice and its lagoon, Stonehenge in the United Kingdom, Komodo National Park in Indonesia, the only place where the Komodo dragon is found, and Rapa Nui or Easter Island, Chile, famous for its enormous moai statues. Tourism is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing economic areas, providing one in 11 jobs, the report noted.

Missing from the report was a section on damage to the Great Barrier Reef after the Australian government asked that it be removed so as not to drive away tourists, Australian and other media reported. Terry Hughes, the director of the Center for Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at the Australian Research Council, told The New York Times that it was astonishing that the reef had been excluded.

“There is an unprecedented bleaching event underway,” Hughes said. “Climate change and coral bleaching is the single biggest threat to the tourism industry, and the reef itself.”

An historic accord reached in Paris in December by 195 countries commits them to lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

"The need to act is both urgent and clear," the report said. "We must reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement while providing the financial resources, support and expertise necessary to ensure the resilience of World Heritage properties over the long term."

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<![CDATA[Trump Looks to RNC for Ground Game]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 16:27:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DonaldTrump-AP_16147730321347.jpg

Donald Trump said he believes the Republican National Committee will help him in his ground game and his plans to turn 15 blue states red, NBC News reported. 

"As far as building the infrastructure for campaign, the RNC has been doing it for many years, Reince [Priebus, the RNC chairman] has really upped it, all over the country, and part of the benefit is that we get to use those people," Trump said Thursday, noting they were staffing themselves but suggesting that the RNC could build a ground game better than he could in just a few months. 

The RNC has historically helped in the campaigns of presidential candidates, but they’re also helping Senate and House elections as well. So could the RNC do the majority of planning for Trump’s ground game? 

"No," former RNC Chairman Michael Steele said. "Those duties and responsibilities have to be split." 

Trump’s staff told The Associated Press that teams are being sent into 15 states by the end of May. While a Trump campaign source who spoke to NBC News on the condition of anonymity said that plan is “non-existent,” Trump’s spokesperson declined to discuss staffing or offer any information about new hires.

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<![CDATA[San Diego-Area School Closes After Virus Outbreak]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 08:08:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sage+Canyon+0525.JPG

Del Mar Union School District has canceled classes at an elementary school after 60 to 100 people were struck by a virus and "vomiting at school" Wednesday. 

In an official statement, the district said it is treating the outbreak as norovirus.

Parents were instructed to send their children to the school as normal Thursday after custodians disinfected classrooms. However, approximately 300 to 400 students did not attend class Thursday.  The school enrolls approximately 600 students.

Then, by mid-afternoon, district officials began instructing parents to pick up their children as soon as possible.

Deputy Public Health Officer at County of San Diego Eric McDonald estimated 60 to 100 students and staffers fell ill Wednesday at Sage Canyon School in Carmel Valley.

Since Monday, there has been an increasing number of students, staff, teachers absent from the school, the county health official said.

McDonald said the outbreak may be norovirus, but he won't know for sure until a specimen sample is given to the health department.

The school has reached out to the state’s Department of Health Services, which recommends all children with symptoms stay home from school until they’re free of symptoms for 48 hours.

The district will bring in a special cleaning crew to disinfect classrooms, common areas, carpets and filters.

Sage Canyon’s principal, William Cameron, sent out a note to parents Wednesday alerting them of the apparent virus outbreak at the school.

"As a precaution, we cleared all classrooms at approximately 10:30 a.m. to have our site and district custodial staff sanitize the classrooms and common areas," Cameron said.

In addition, Thursday's open house has been postponed until May 31.

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<![CDATA[Atty: Tutor Facing Sex Crimes Is Victim of Antiquated Law]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 16:44:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mar+Vista+High.jpg

A tutor facing criminal charges for having a relationship with a 16-year-old Mar Vista HS student is the victim of an antiquated law, his attorney said Thursday.

Alejandro Rodriguez, 20, is charged with four felony counts of oral copulation and one count of sodomy of a person under 18 years of age. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

Outside court Thursday, Rodriguez' defense attorney said his client was contacted through Facebook by a young man who was a freshman at the school when his client was a senior.

"The incident did occur, but my client was not Mr. Doe’s tutor," Turner said.

The alleged victim, identified only as John Doe in court, testified at a pretrial hearing that they he and Rodriguez engaged in oral and anal sex.

The relationship lasted about one week when John Doe told a cousin about the defendant. It was then that John Doe’s father contacted police.

Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Matzger said the DA's office is prosecuting the relationship as a non-forcible sex crime.

"Mr. Rodriguez knew John Doe's age, knew that he was a student and knew that it was wrong to do this. They clearly discussed this before they had any contact," Matzger said.

It's illegal for a minor to consent to a sexual relationship with an adult, she added.

“Mr. Rodriguez was an employee of South Bay Community Services and was a tutor at Mar Vista High School, the same high school that John Doe was attending as a student,” Matzger said.

However, Turner said if his client had been involved in a relationship with a young woman, things would be handled differently.

“There would be a less restrictive charge available to the prosecution,” Turner said.

“The laws here are not fair and need to be addressed," he said. "There ought be a middle ground here."

If the same acts were performed by a couple of opposite genders, the consequences would be the same, Matzger said.

"They're being treated similarly to opposite sex couples," she said.

Rodriguez is out on bail awaiting trial.

His arrest on March 9 was the third sex crimes arrest in three days involving adults with ties to the Imperial Beach-area high school.

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<![CDATA[Trump to Rubio on Senate Re-Election: 'Run Marco!']]> Fri, 27 May 2016 10:31:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/split2-trump-rubio.jpg

Donald Trump is encouraging "Little Marco" to run for re-election in Florida. 

After weeks of aggressive attacks and name calling during the GOP primary, Trump and Marco Rubio have called a truce, of sorts, NBC News reported. 

Rubio recently came to Trump's defense on Twitter, saying the protesters at Trump's rallies are "professional" and not violent, as he claims the media puts it. And now, Trump, who once said Rubio couldn't get elected "dogcatcher" in Florida and called him "Little Marco," is urging his former rival to keep his Senate seat.

"Poll data shows that @marcorubio does by far the best in holding onto his Senate seat in Florida. Important to keep the MAJORITY. Run Marco!" Trump tweeted. 

On CNN Thursday afternoon, Rubio said he wants "to be helpful" to the GOP presumptive nominee and will release his delegates to vote for Trump. Rubio also said he would be willing to speak on Trump's behalf. 

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<![CDATA[World's 1st Surviving Septuplets Heading to College]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 09:10:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/208*120/AP_100447007355.jpg

The world's first surviving septuplets are now high school graduates.

The McCaughey septuplets — Alexis, Brandon, Joel, Kelsey, Kenny, Natalie and Nathan — graduated from Carlisle High School in Carlisle, Iowa, on Sunday.

Kelsey, Nathan, Natalie and Joel will be attending Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri, which offered full scholarships to all the McCaugheys in 1997, the year they were born.

Kenny and Alexis will live at home and attend Des Moines Area Community College, where Alexis will major in early childhood education and Kenny will work toward a degree in building trades/construction.

"We have been around each other the past 18 years," Kenny told NBC News. "I am ready to be on my way, and I think everyone else is, too."

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<![CDATA[Mission Beach Seawall Restoration Celebrated]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 14:06:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mission-Beach-Boardwalk.jpg

A newly renovated section of the Mission Beach seawall was officially opened with fanfare Thursday.

Over the last year, workers replaced the seawall between San Fernando Place and Ventura Place - four-tenths of a mile of oceanfront promenade south from Mission Boulevard, near Belmont Park.

The reconstruction project cost nearly $5 million and restored it to how the seawall looked when it was first constructed in the 1920's.

“I jog on the boardwalk here at least once a week,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “It’s been great to see the progress.”

The project went over budget when the city learned the Boardwalk is a national "historical resource" that needed ultra-special, labor-intensive treatment to restore.

The fix includes 26 ornate lamps of the same make as the long-gone originals from 1925, from the same foundry in Springfield, Pennsylvania.

It's part of a long-term effort to improve the entire boardwalk and seawall along Mission Beach.

"We're not stopping here," said Mission Beach Town Council president Fred May.

He said they'll be looking to other agencies for funding to complete the job.

“We’re going to claw our way to that funding to get the rest of the money so that we can do the seawall the entire length,” Councilmember Lori Zapf said.

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<![CDATA[Possible Cellphone-Cancer Link Found in Rat Study]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 08:24:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-498338511.jpg

A partial report from a U.S. government study on on rats and mice has found a possible link between cellphones and cancer, giving new life to the longstanding debate over whether cellphone use might lead to cancer, NBC News reported.

The report is not finished yet, but advocates pushing for more research learned of the partial findings and the U.S. National Toxicology Program has released them early.

The partial findings suggest that male rats exposed to constant, heavy doses of certain types of cellphone radiation develop brain and heart tumors. But female rats didn't, and even the rats that developed tumors lived longer than rats not exposed to the radiation.

Dr. Michael Lauer of the NIH said there's just not enough information to say whether the experiment shows the radiation caused the tumors. 

The National Toxicology Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, is still analyzing the findings. 

What they do not show is whether humans are at any risk from using cellphones, or whether using a headset or keeping phones away from the head and body might make a difference.

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<![CDATA[Va. Taxi Driver Helped ISIS: Feds]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 10:03:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/217*120/AP_817556148506.jpg

A 26-year-old taxi driver from Virginia was indicted Thursday on charges he tried to help a friend join ISIS fighters, the U.S. attorney's office said.  

Prosecutors said Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan, 26, of Woodbridge, conspired with Joseph Hassan Farrokh to provide material support or resources to ISIS. Elhassan's attorney, however, has accused the FBI of creating cases against young Muslim men.

Both men were arrested earlier this year after Farrokh tried to board a flight to Chicago at Richmond International Airport, investigators said. Officials said Farrokh intended to board a flight to the Middle East once he reached Chicago.

Elhassan drove Farrokh to Richmond and later lied about where Farrokh was going, court documents said.

But Elhassan's lawyer, Ashraf Nubani, has claimed his client is a victim of prejudice against Islam or Muslims.

"The issue is the way the government goes about these cases," Nubani said. "They had three informants in this case who were looking for people that they can get in trouble. They thought that they found someone, and my client is only charged with aiding and abetting that someone."

Elhassan has been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS, aiding and abetting the provision of material support to ISIS, and false statements. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 48 years in prison.

According to criminal complaints, Farrokh had been trying to leave the U.S. and join ISIS in Syria since Nov. 20, 2015. Elhassan allegedly introduced Farrokh to a person whom Elhassan believed had connections to individuals engaged in jihad overseas.

That person was an FBI informant cooperating with law enforcement as part of a plea deal for a reduced sentence in a criminal case, according to the complaint. 

Elhassan's next court appearance is scheduled for June 3. 

Farrokh pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS and admitted he had planned for months to join the terror group in Syria, The Washington Post reports.

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<![CDATA[Mayborn USA Recalls 3.1M Sippy Cups Over Risk of Mold]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 07:01:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/sippy-cup-edited.jpg

Mayborn USA is recalling 3.1 million Tommee Tippee Sippee spill-proof cups after nearly 70 children became ill drinking from moldy valves, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) said Friday.

Mold can develop on the removable, one-piece, white valve inside the cups when it remains wet or moist and is infrequently cleaned, according to the recall alert.

Mold ingestion can cause gastrointestinal symptoms and infections in people with compromised immune systems, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The Massachusetts-based Mayborn USA has received 3,066 reports of mold in the removable valve, including 68 reports of children experiencing diarrhea, vomiting or other symptoms associated with drinking from a cup with mold in the valve.

Five types of spill-proof Tommee Tippee Sippee cups all with a removable, one-piece white valve are involved in the recall: First Sips Transition cup, Trainer Sippee cup, Sippee cup (including Cute Quips), Sportee bottle and Insulated Swiggle/Sippee tumblers.

The plastic drinking cups have spill-proof tops, easy-grip sides with detachable handles and were sold in clear with colored lids and a variety of colors and character prints. Some of the cups include short phrases on the front of the cups including: “You Pour I’ll Fling,” or “Drink Drop Repeat.” The cups have a 7 to 10 oz. capacity and were sold for children ages 4 to 12 months.

The cup were made in China and sold at BuyBuy Baby, CVS, Giant, Kohl’s, Marco Baby, Marshalls, Meijer, Sam’s Club, Ross Stores, Target, Bealls Outlet, Walgreens and Wal-Mart and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Babyhaven.com, and Diapers.com from December 2014 through May 2016.  

Consumers who bought the cups should stop using them and contact the company to receive a free replacement cup at www.tommeetippee.us or 877-248-6922. 

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<![CDATA[American Girl in Legal Bid to Return Death-Row Dad]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 05:41:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/160525-tsege-mn-1340.jpg

Menabe Andargachew, a 9-year-old American girl, is suing the British government for not pushing Ethiopia to release her father, a British citizen and an outspoken critic of Ethiopia's regime, NBC News reported.

Andargachew "Andy" Tsege disappeared while catching a connecting flight through Yemen in June 2014. The political activist was snatched and forcibly taken to Ethiopia, where he had been sentenced to death for opposition work.

So far, the U.K. government hasn't demanded his release. Now Menabe and her family are trying to force their hand. They filed a legal challenge alleging that approach is "unlawful."

Both the U.N. Human Rights Council and the European Parliament have called for Tsege's release. The British government has expressed "deep concern" over his case. But thus far, it hasn't followed suit in demanding Tsege be freed — instead focusing on getting him "due process."

Tsege's Maryland-born partner Yemi Hailemariam, family and lawyers say he was kidnapped — a victim of rendition carried out by Ethiopia, which has labeled him a terrorist and enemy of the state. Ethiopia says he was "extradited."

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<![CDATA[Heir B&B: Princess Diana's Estate to Give Orphans a Boost]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 09:58:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Althorp+Estate+2+copy1.jpg

Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer and his wife Karen Spencer are opening the Althorp family home for guests to stay a couple of nights in order to raise money for orphanages around the world, NBC News reported.

Diana grew up in the 500-year-old mansion with a priceless art collection, 88 fireplaces and bedrooms named for the royalty who slept there, and Althorp also serves as her final resting place.

Wannabe aristocrats willing to pay between $25,000 and $40,000 to stay in the 100,000-square-foot home about 75 miles north of London. For $250,000, a group of up to 18 people can take over the stately spread.

Proceeds will benefit the Whole Child organization, which worked with or advised 85 orphanages in Nicaragua and is undertaking a new project in El Salvador that will involve 365 children's centers.

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<![CDATA[Israel Transgender Pageant Unites Christians, Muslims & Jews]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 04:07:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ISRAEL_TRANS_AP_16147433122006.jpg

"Miss Trans Israel 2016" beauty pageant begins Friday and it will be the first of its kind in the Middle East country.

The competition in Tel Aviv brings together Jews, Christians and Muslims in a region known more for its deep divisions, NBC News reported.

"Here I don't feel Muslim, Jewish, Christian," Caroline Khouri, an Arab, said. "All of the people are together and the transsexual [people], they love together."

Pageant judge Efrat Tilma agrees that the event is "bonding people."

"We can show the world that we are really for peace, this competition is for peace," the 70-year-old added.

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<![CDATA[$104,486 Salary Needed to Buy Home in SD: Study]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 07:29:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/house_home_+for_sale_owner_generic.jpg

A salary of $104,486 is needed to buy a home in San Diego where the median price sits at $554,300, according to a study by HSH.com, a mortgage information site, which looked at data from the first quarter of 2016.

The monthly payment for this type of home would be $2,438, the study estimated.

The analysis determined how much of a person’s salary it would take to afford the base cost of owning a home (principal, interest, taxes and insurance).

Home affordability improved in 22 of the 27 metro areas in the analysis. San Diego was not one of them, falling into the most expensive category with San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Boston.

Mortgage rates fell in every metropolitan area except San Diego. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate in San Diego sits at 3.91 percent, up 0.01 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015.

The more affordable metropolitan areas from the analysis are Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Detroit.

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<![CDATA[Former Uber Driver Facing 19 New Charges]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 22:32:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/4PR_PKG_SANCHEZ_ARRAIGN_KNSD0D82_1200x675_693831235881.jpg

A former Uber driver accused of raping a passenger is facing 19 new charges in San Diego County after El Cajon police found other alleged victims, including a 13-year-old.

John David Sanchez, 52, is accused of raping a vomiting, intoxicated female passenger in February and sexually assaulting five other victims between 2011 and 2014.

A spokesman for the district attorney's office said there are a total of seven victims in the case. Four have been identified by police, but three remain unidentified.

Prosecutor Kerry Conway said Sanchez is accused of being a serial rapist, with his youngest alleged victim only 13 years old.

The charging documents indicate Sanchez may have recorded his alleged crimes and saved the videos.

The new charges include a count of performing lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, trying to prevent a witness from reporting a crime and employment of a minor to perform prohibited acts.

A deputy district attorney told NBC 7 the final count pertains to the production of child pornography.

"Anytime we see charges like this, even if it's one victim, we take it very seriously," Conway said. "When we see cases where there are multiple victims over this type of time frame, that is something that is taken very, very seriously by our office."

NBC 7 has learned Sanchez worked as a DJ and ran a "video production and distribution" company. 

Sanchez pleaded not guilty to the new charges. He is being held on $1 million bail. He faces a maximum of 37 years and four months in prison, if convicted on all the charges.

Sanchez's attorney, Peter Blair, said his client denied all charges. Blair said he couldn't comment further until he reviewed the discovery materials in the case.

Sanchez was first arrested March 29 and was terminated from Uber immediately. He pleaded not guilty and posted bail.

The ride-hailing company issued a statement after Sanchez's initial arrest, saying "Uber takes safety incidents like this very seriously" and has "been working closely with law enforcement."

<![CDATA[School on Serra HS Principal's Ph.D. 'Doesn't Exist': Ex-FBI Agent]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 10:53:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Vincent-Mays-pic-052516.jpg

“It’s a mirage. It’s smoke and mirrors, nothing more, nothing less.”

That’s how one former FBI agent, who specialized in investigating diploma mills, summed up a website for Stamford Hill University.

The school “doesn’t exist,” said Allen Ezell.

NBC 7 asked Allen Ezell to look into the school after three teachers at Serra High School questioned whether their principal’s Ph.D. was from a legitimate school. They have filed a complaint with the San Diego Unified School District’s Office of Quality Assurance.

According to his resume found online, Vincent Mays says he received his Ph.D. from Stamford Hill University.

Ezell also discovered what NBC 7 found: there was no record of the school from the U.S. Department of Education, no record of the school from the Florida State Department of Education and no business licenses, now or in the past.

The San Diego Unified School District released this statement about its vetting process:

“San Diego Unified fully investigates the teaching and instructional credentials of all our teachers and principals. Our policy is to verify only those aspects of an applicant’s background that relate directly to their qualifications to teach or serve as an administrator — time in the classroom, state certifications, etc. We do not research additional academic credentials that are not related to their eligibility to hold the position for which they have applied.”

It stressed “Doctor Mays has a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall, a Master’s Degree from Montclair State University, more than 25 years in the classroom and as an administrator, and a certification to serve as a teacher/administrator in the state of California.”

Since last week, NBC 7 has been asking Mays for comment. The district has said Mays will not talk about this, because he feels it is the doing of disgruntled employees.

Numerous comments have been posted to NBC 7's Facebook page regarding our stories.

“To me, it's kind of like cheating,” said Kim Nguyen, a parent of a student at Serra High.

Another parent, who says he thinks the principal is doing a good job, said he wants the district to get to the bottom of this sooner, rather than later.

“They hired him. It's their job to take care of it, and they need to set an example for our kids, other parents, staff,” said Dan Sehlhorst.

Get in on the discussion here.

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<![CDATA[People Respond to Questions Over Serra High Principal's Degree]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 23:51:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Vincent-Mays-pic-052516.jpg

It seems to have hit a button and many people have emotional responses.

Numerous comments have been posted to NBC 7's Facebook page regarding our stories questioning the legitimacy of a principal’s Ph.D. Some defend Vincent Mays, saying he has the credential to be an administrator at Serra High, and that’s all that matters.

Others say it's a question of ethics, an issue of what an educator is modeling for his students.

According to the principal's resume found online, Mays received his doctorate from Stamford Hill University. A former FBI agent, who specializes in what is known as diploma mills, says the school does not exist.

NBC 7 also investigated and found no record of the school.

“To me, it's kind of like cheating,” said Kim Nguyen, a parent of a student at Serra High.

Another parent, who says he likes Mays and thinks the principal is doing a good job, says he still wants the San Diego Unified School District to get to the bottom of this sooner, rather than later.

“They hired him. It's their job to take care of it, and they need to set an example for our kids, other parents, staff,” said Dan Sehlhorst. 

School Board President, Doctor Michael McQuary said Mays is "credentialed and qualified" to be principal.

He said when someone is doing a great job, they will always “bump into issues and concerns.”

McQuary also said Mays is doing a great job, and the district says the controversy stems from a group of disgruntled staff members at Serra.

Three staff members filed a complaint with the district’s Office of Quality Assurance.

McQuary says that office will look into the complaint.

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<![CDATA[17-Year Old Stabbed in Spring Valley, Investigation Ongoing]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 08:15:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Sheriff-generic-SDSO.jpg

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) is investigating a stabbing in Spring Valley that left a 17-year old in the hospital on life support. 

SDSO said Jeffrey Quirino’s injuries are so severe, he is not expected to survive.

On May 23rd, deputies from the Rancho San Diego Station responded to reports of a fight around 4:30 p.m. on the 8900 block of Delrose Avenue near Elkelton Boulevard.

Neighbors, who wished not to appear on camera, told NBC 7, that Sheriff's deputies have been called to that corner a number of times for underage drinking and fighting among the teenagers who hang out there.

According to SDSO, when deputies arrived on scene, they discovered someone had already transported Quirino to a local hospital.

No one else was at the scene.

Nearby where the incident took place, a sidewalk shrine is growing. Residents in the area, young and old, are dropping by to leave candles, flowers and cards.

Lieutenant Ken Nelson from the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail said they have not found weapon right now but they can confirm that Quirino was stabbed.

Nelson said the person who transported Quirino to the hospital did what he or she thought was best at the time.

However, he did advise waiting for emergency responders.

“Obviously we would ask that, not knowing what the situation is, with the abundance of caution, probably calling 911 and getting medical staff there that know exactly what hospital to take them to, as far as trauma care is involved would probably be the best way to go,” he said.

Quirino is still in the hospital, being treated for his injuries.

SDSO says they are not releasing any other information since the investigation is ongoing.

Nelson said right now, the investigation is focused on finding the suspect and any piece of information is valuable.

“We’re imploring to public to come forward with any information that they might have, however small that puzzle piece might be,” he said. “Because it just might be the piece of information that cracks open this case." 

If you have any information, you are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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<![CDATA[Teen's Glasses Used for Art Prank]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 08:07:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/0526-2016-SFMOMAGlasses.jpg

A prank by a San Jose, California, teen has gone viral and made news around the world.

TJ Cruda and his friends put a pair of glasses on the floor at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art earlier this week. The reaction from museum attendees was something Cruda and his friends could not believe.

Visitors pondered the glasses as if they were part of the exhibit and some even took photos.

Cruda, who graduated from Evergreen Valley High last week, posted pictures of the stunt on Twitter, quickly getting tens of thousands of retweets. Some observed that Cruda himself is now a "post modern artist."

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<![CDATA[Grocery Stores Shrinking for Success]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 19:04:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Gelsons1.jpg

The popular high end grocery chain Gelson's Market opened it's 25th store in San Diego. But the store is less than half the size of the last store they opened here. The Gelson's in Del Mar is nearly 50,000 square feet but the store in Pacific Beach is less than 18,000.

"So we have to squeeze in all our bells and whistles into this smaller box," said Gelson's CEO Rob McDougall.

The smaller box is called the "footprint" of the store.  That's the shoppable space inside a store, the area that people push their grocery cart.

Whole Foods is opening up a series of smaller stores named "365".  The first just opened in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles.  Many feel it is an attempt by Whole Foods to compete with smaller size stores like Trader Joe's.

"The smaller footprint allows people today to kind of cherry pick where they want to go," said Miro Copic, marketing professor at San Diego State University.  He says it's cheaper for a chain to open smaller spaces and allows them to find locations where they couldn't establish a full retail store.

"Customers need a larger store at different times," said Copic. "They like a smaller store for very specific things."

The smaller Gelson's was largely dictated by the size of the store space, a former Haggen's and Albertson's.  But the company CEO says he sees more Gelson's adopting this compact design.

"This has been a change for us as we continue to refine our model," said McDougall.

German based Aldi has recently expanded into the Southern California area. It also sets up in smaller size footprints. Fresh & Easy attempted to do the same thing but failed.

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<![CDATA[Severe Storms, Tornadoes Hit Plains States]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 19:02:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/KansasTornadoStorm.jpg

Tornadoes were reported in Kansas and Texas Thursday evening, as wild weather continued to hit the middle of the United States, NBC News reported.

Heavy thunderstorms hit the Plains states again, with tornado watches in effect in several states, according to the Weather Channel.

Parts of Jefferson County, Kansas, saw baseball-sized hail Thursday from two storms, according to Greg Forbes, severe weather expert at the Weather Channel.

Storms forced the brief evacuation of Kansas City International Airport. Preliminary reports also indicated there was a tornado in Bryan, Texas, that damaged multiples homes, according to the Weather Channel.

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<![CDATA[Olympic Hopeful Uses Science to Throw a Hammer]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 18:33:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Brittany+Henry1.JPG

When Britney Henry, 31, throws a hammer, a nearly nine pound steel ball attached to a wire, it’s like watching an athletic explosion.

Speed, agility, and power come together in one fluid motion.

But during the past year of training, Henry’s athletic artistry moved in a more scientific direction with the use of a device called “The Track Man”.

The training tool was developed specifically for USA athletes and became a regular part of practice sessions for Shot Putters and Hammer Throwers, like Henry, at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center last year.

The Track Man uses Doppler radar and a built in video camera to track the hammer from it’s release to landing, gathering information along the way.

“We know the feeling of what a good throw feels like, we know what we need to do physically to get a throw, but having the instant feedback of what the angle of release was or distance or velocity was a little new to us,” said Henry.

Phil Cheetham, a senior sport technologist for the USOC and former Australian Olympic gymnast, says athletes and coaches get the data within seconds.

“So if your throw was flat, or too high, you know, so you can go back and adjust. It wasn’t just a feeling, you’re not just running by the seat of your pants, you’re running by the actual measurements” said Cheetham.

The Track Man measures distance, velocity, angle, height of release, and direction and pushes the information via wifi to a trackside laptop and into an excel spread sheet for easy access.

“Any bit of extra confidence we can get going into the Olympics and Olympic Trials is going to be an added bonus to us,” said Henry.

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<![CDATA[SpaceX Postpones Rocket Launch, Attempted Landing]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 17:48:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_40364550147.jpg

SpaceX postponed the satellite launch of a rocket that would attempt to land on a ship at sea for a third time Thursday, NBC News reported.

The launch was postponed until Friday, because of a “tiny glitch in the upper stage engine actuator," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted

The Thaicom-8 commercial communications satellite will lift off atop SpaceX’s two-stage Falcon 9 rocket. After the rocket’s two stages separate, the second one will carry Thaicom-8 to orbit. The first one will come back and try to land on one of SpaceX’s two drone ships stationed off the Florida coast.

"As with other missions going to geostationary orbits, the first-stage will be subject to extreme velocities and re-entry heating, making a successful landing," SpaceX wrote in a statement. 

The landings are part of SpaceX’s effort to develop usable rockets.

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